What Dr. Einstein acclaimed Moji. Dr. Albert Einstein awarded Nobel Prize in Physic
visited Moji in 1922, and he acclaimed that everything could see were ARTS.
Where to explore
It was built by the Mitsui Co., Ltd in 1921 as a reception centre and to provide accommodation for
VIP’s. Albert Einstein (1879-1955), one of the world’s most famous theoretical physicists, stayed
here during his visit to Japan with his wife in 1922.
The shopping area in the Mojiko Retro district located by the sea. “Full of a romance market which
stir up forgetting contentment” is the direct translation of the concept Kaikyo Plaza is based on.
The area has a very romantic ambience and evokes feeling of nostalgia and contentment that will
never be forgotten.
It is the only Station building that is designated as an Important National Cultural Property
together with Tokyo Station. Mojiko Station is a beautiful station built in the Renaissance
style and modeled on the Termini Station in Italy.
Situated on the 31st floor of the high-rise apartment building “Retro Hi-Mart”. The 103 metre-high
observatory offers magnificent views of the Mojiko Retro district, the Kanmon-kyo Bridge over the
Kanmon Strait, as well as the Shimonoseki area.
This bridge, made in 2003, is the only pedestrian draw bridge in Japan, and is one the
most popular photo spot in Mojiko Retro. The length of the bridge is 108 meters and
it is opened 6 times a day at 10h, 11h, 13h, 14h, 15h and 16h.
It is a railway theme park organized by JR Kyushu, showing the history of Kyushu Railways.
The display of steam locomotives and old trains used by Kyushu Railway is fascinating and
always evokes feelings of nostalgia among visitors.
The suspended bridge crossing the Kanmon Straits, a stretch of water separating two of Japan’s
four main islands. On the Honshu Island side of the bridge is Shimonoseki and on the Kyushu
Island side is Kutakyushu.
View from Mekari Observatory
Kitakyushu, Kyushu Island
Semonoseki, Honshu Island
Only the place in the world ! You can cross the strait on foot. The Kanmon Strait, separating
Honshu and Kyushu, is a very beautiful and busy waterway with as many as 700 small and large
ships a day passing through it.
Moji, Kyushu Island side
Cross the strait on foot
Shimonoseki, Honshu Island
Kawara soba is a local cuisine which Soba noodles and meat are cooked together on a Kawara
(stone roof tile) and dipped into a special sauce when eating it. It is said that the hints were
obtained from the time when during the Seinan civil war in 1877, soldiers of Satsuma who
surrounded the Kumamoto castle used kawara (stone roof tiles) to cook wild plants and meat.
Yaki curry latterly means baked curry and is local cuisine in Moji which is curry with rice
topped with cheese and/or egg heated in oven. The melted cheese and soft-boiled egg
combine with the spicy curry to enhance its flavor even more.
Location of Kitakyushu-city
|Address||Minato-machi, Moji-ku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture|
A short walk from JR Mojiko Station
25 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station
70 minutes by a vehicle from JR Fukuoka-city
80 minutes by a vehicle from JR Usa
100 minutes by a vehicle from JR Beppu
110 minutes by a vehicle from JR Yufuin
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